Alouettes QB gladly passes on record try

DEAN McNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo needed 512 passing yards yesterday against the Argonauts to surpass Doug Flutie's Canadian Football League record of four consecutive 5,000-yard seasons.

It was the Alouettes' ability to run the ball at will, however, that won the game 24-20, and kept Calvillo 286 yards short of the record at the matinee affair at Rogers Centre.

But if Calvillo was disappointed, he surely hid it well in the post-game celebration of the team clinching first place in the East and a bye in the first round of the CFL playoffs.

"I have no regrets about not getting the record," Calvillo said.

"Not one person in the history of the CFL has done it five times in a row so I'm not going to feel bad because I didn't do it."

Calvillo said that the Als knew that the Argos defence was the best in the league against the pass, so it wasn't hard to come to the conclusion that the running game would have to be the weapon of choice.

"It was our plan from the start to run the ball," Calvillo said. "It's very tough to pass against them."

He said that the team's offensive line also played a big part in dominating the Argos front four in key running situations.

"You have top give a lot of credit to the offensive line," Calvillo said. "They protected when they needed to on the passing game and they created the holes for the running game."

He said that with only a pair of wins in the past 10 games the Als wanted to prove that their early season success --seven wins in a row -- was not a fluke.

"We had to put ourselves in a position for a first-round bye and a home game in front of our crowd," Calvillo said.

At the end of the day Calvillo passed for 226 yards while the Als running game accounted for 129 -- and Robert Edwards accounted for 93 of those.

"When we were down 20-9 in the fourth quarter we decided we had a lot of time left to position the run game," Calvillo said.

"And that's exactly what we did."


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